Kræn Østergård Nielsen

Group CEO

Coop Danmark

Kræn Østergaard Nielsen is currently the Group CEO of Coop Denmark. Within Coop Denmark, he has held key roles such as Executive Vice President (CFO) and CTO, contributing significantly to the company's financial and technological landscapes.

Before joining Coop Denmark, Kræn worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became a Senior Engagement Manager within their Retail & Consumer practice.

Kræn's professional journey also includes serving as the Head of Group Procurement (CPO) at ISS and starting his career as a Buyer/Procurement Coordinator at Dansk Supermarked, showcasing his adaptability in corporate environments and deep knowledge of the retail grocery market. He even worked in Coop Denmark as a store associate in the 90s.

Outside his executive roles, Kræn actively participates in various board positions, including Lobyco, OK a.m.b.a, and Copenhagen Optimization. These board affiliations highlight his commitment to driving change and contributing to diverse organizations. This commitment is also reflected in how he spends his spare time helping start-ups grow as a business angel.

Kræn's academic background includes graduating from Aarhus University with a focus on Marketing and Sales. He continued his education at Copenhagen Business School and INSEAD, emphasizing his dedication to continuous learning and professional growth.